She became an American icon in the 2008 Olympics – well after she already was one of the best swimmers in U.S. history.
But there is something we love about a comeback story, about people doing things which our collective conventional wisdom tells us is unpopular or even undesirable. And that’s why so many of us fell in love with the story of Dara Torres. At age 41 she became the oldest swimmer to win an Olympic medal and while her journey was personal, it inspired pretty much anyone at any age who had been told they couldn’t (or shouldn’t do something).
Her memoir “Age is Just